Southcrest Church spreads the word with SSL
Friday, 21 July 2017
sslRusty Trowbridge, technical director (left) and Spencer Wells, AV Technician with one of the new SSL L300 Live consoles
USA - Southcrest Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas has built a new 1600-capacity Worship Centre with two SSL Live L300 consoles at the heart of its sophisticated audio production operation, for PA, live streaming, and TV.
One L300 console manages both Front of House and Monitor duties for the live services, while another is used for a live-streamed broadcast mix, recording, and post production for archived services and TV syndication.
Southcrest Baptist Church is a long standing and popular member of the Lubbock community, and as such its original Worship Centre - now called 'The Venue' - had been operating at full capacity for every service, for some time. "The new Worship Centre was long over-due," says Rusty Trowbridge, the technical director at Southcrest. "The project has taken two years to complete and has doubled the square footage of the church, as well as increasing capacity significantly... The Venue has 750 seats, and the new Centre has 1600."
The church now runs four Sunday services - three large productions at the worship centre with full choir and orchestra, and one 9.30am service at The Venue with a five-piece band and the pastor's message streamed from the main 9.30am service via a live recorder. It also broadcasts a live stream via apps on all major mobile devices and platforms, and distributes music and sermons to four TV stations in the local area. There are seven staff in the media team at the church, and everybody else involved in the production and performance side are volunteers.
Trowbridge runs the SSL L300 at Front of House, while Spencer Wells, AV Technician, takes care of the broadcast mix on another L300. "For our main services, there are anywhere from 100 to 130 people on stage," says Trowbridge. "We are 96 in, 64 out capable with our I/O, and right now we're running about 50 inputs from the orchestra, 12 Praise Team members, 12 choir microphones, and the Pastor mics. It's about 86 inputs in total.
"All of the headset, choir, and strings microphones are DPA, with Shure Wireless systems and L-Acoustics Kara for the main PA, and an L-Acoustics ARCS system for choir monitors."
(Jim Evans)

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